Less than two months after Fox News severed ties with Bill O’Reilly amid multiple sexual harassment claims, corporate cousin National Geographic Channel has dropped plans for the latest movie in O’Reilly’s successful Killing franchise, opting not to move forward with Killing Patton.
The latest film adaptation from O’Reilly’s best-selling Killing series was first announced in 2015. The movie, about the iconic World War II general, had been slated for 2019.
“It was in development for a couple of years, and it was a difficult project to crack creatively,” the network said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Like most projects in development, it didn’t go the distance, so we passed on it.”
Nat Geo development executives brought in multiple writers to attempt to bang out a script, but ultimately decided to scrap it. Killing Patton is the first of O’Reilly’s Killing books that did not make it out of development at Nat Geo.
When Patton was first announced nearly two years ago, O’Reilly touted the franchise’s “winning streak.” Of the adaptation, he added: “I’m very confident our continued partnership [with Scott Free Productions and Nat Geo] will yield a gripping film about General Patton’s tragic death.”
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